Life on a dairy farm topic of new book
Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 3:10 pm
ATWOOD – Back in 1946 an all-registered jersey dairy farm began operating at Atwood, and continued production until 1995. During those years, several families in the area were involved day to day with the dairy operation, as well as numerous jersey breeders and judges and Extension educators – the Green Valley Dairy Farm was a historic force for nearly 50 years.What remains of memories from that sweet era: the agricultural practices, the milking routines, the breeding and lineage of champion jersey lines, the children’s 4-H projects and the families’ around-the-clock labors for the dairy? In “The Families of Green Valley Dairy Farm 1946-1995,” descendant Moody Richardson chronicles, in painstaking detail, the history of the farm, its principles, workers, neighbors, the livestock and the landscape – and especially the love these families had for their land and their vocation. The Green Valley Dairy Farm revolutionized dairy production. Coming out of the Great Depression, local pharmacist William Bryant Cunningham began buying tracts of land from several small farmers, eventually reaching 620 acres, and partnered with George Powers, who sold his share to Ardell Richardson in 1955. Ardell is Moody’s father. In 1964 Green Valley purchased the nation’s top jersey bull, “Nancy’s Sleeping Advancer,” and sired daughters that were sold to dairies in several states. Moody Richardson also writes of how the Vietnam War pulled eight local men away from the farm and into war, valiantly serving their nation. Anyone who enjoys nostalgia, history of farming, old tractors and farm implements and farming traditions, and especially anyone who remembers the Dairy or who is a descendant of a dairy family, will thoroughly enjoy this historic look back, in all its vivid and precise detail.